Resorts of southwestern Mallorca: places to buy holiday homes and residential properties
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and one of the most popular destinations for tourists and property buyers from Germany, Austria, the UK and Scandinavian countries. Almost 23% of the island’s population are foreign citizens, the biggest segment of
The island has good infrastructure that attracts foreign property buyers: 10 international schools, 89 beaches, 7 Michelin star restaurants, more than 300 km of cycling lanes, 24 golf courses, 44 yacht marinas, diving schools, etc. Only 60% of the landmass can be used for construction purposes, the rest belongs to protected areas including ten national parks and sanctuaries as well as territories with various building restrictions.
As the popularity of its local resorts grew abroad, restrictions on land development pushed property prices up by 10% during 2014 and 2015 in comparison with 2013 and they are still rising. In 2014 the sales volume on the island increased by 28% and the average property price went up from €750,000 to €1.2M according to the Spanish branch of
Puerto de Andratx and Andratx
Puerto de Andratx is an exclusive address with many luxury properties. The town itself is not the ideal beach destination, but magnificent sandy stretches are only five minutes away by car. Dragonera island is also located nearby and is known for its resemblance to a sleeping dragon. On the island there is a national park with many rare birds, woods and mountain trails. The newly renovated Puerto de Andratx marina can moor over 450 vessels and is considered one of the best on the island.
Flats in Puerto de Andratx cost
The town of Andratx is 15 minutes from the coast. The resort has gained popularity with the world's celebrities who are attracted by the upmarket restaurants, designer boutiques and premium Golf de Andratx golf club. The town also has a modern art gallery (Andratx Art Centre) and the Sa Taronja cultural centre hosting concerts, exhibitions and workshops.
Flat prices start from
Camp de Mar
Camp de Mar is a quiet and secluded resort area just a
Peguera was a small fishing village until the 1970s, but today it's a
Peguera is also popular with sports aficionados. The town is situated at the foot of the Sierra de Tramontana mountain range where there are abundant hiking trails and
The Santa Ponsa resort is located 19 km from Palma along a bay with wide sandy beaches. It has all the essentials for an exciting holiday: yachting, golf courses, horse riding and restaurants; as well as all the necessities for daily life: supermarkets, schools, hospitals and banks. Property is popular with pensioners, families, golf and sailing amateurs. The majority of foreign buyers are Scottish, English and Russian.
Santa Ponsa has three golf courses (one is communal, the two others
Average prices in Santa Ponsa range from
Magaluf is Mallorca's entertainment capital. The famous BCM Planet Dance nightclub is located there as well as a lot of Irish and British pubs where young people from all over the Europe, mainly from the UK, live it up until dawn.
The resort also has entertainment for children: the Marineland dolphinarium and aquarium, Aqualand and Western Water Park, Pirates Adventure Show, Katmandu Park and a karting track. Property is modestly priced in Magaluf: one or
Palma Nova is a place where many British people live or spend their holidays, but it is also very popular with the Russian citizens. Son Caliu is the quietest district and the town gets busier closer to Magaluf. Families with children choose Palma Nova as their place of residence so as to have easy access to Magaluf entertainment spots without the hassle. Property here is more affordable than in the resorts near Palma.
The Puerto Portals yacht marina as well as the Bendinat and Santa Ponsa golf clubs can be easily reached from Palma Nova. The town itself has plenty of restaurants and shops. Palma Nova is just 14 km away from Palma de Mallorca.
Bendinat is a prestigious and expensive resort where affluent Spanish and British people live. The resident population of Bendinat is just
Cala Mayor is a resort located just 4 km away from Palma. In fact it's not a town but one of the capital’s suburbs that is perfect for beach holidays and many Palma residents buy second homes there. However, many tourists and residents flood the beaches during the high season making it quite crowded. In the height of the season it’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of the King of Spain in the streets of Cala Mayor as this is home to the Marivent Palace (Palacio de Marivent), summer residence of the royal family. Flats in Cala Mayor start at €250,000 and houses from
The Son Vida district is a
Son Vida is known as the local Beverly Hills: most inhabitants are affluent foreign citizens who value comfort, security and privacy. More than a half the buyers are German and Swiss citizens, the rest are from the UK, Spain and Scandinavia. There are over 350 villas, each of them with a land plot and a private garden and only two apartment complexes in the district. The most modest houses are 350 sq m and the most luxurious ones over 3,000 sq m. Property prices there are among the highest on the island, up to €20,000 per square metre. Houses in Son Vida have private spas, cinemas, gyms, wine cellars and are come equipped with the finest technology on the market.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, or Palma, is the capital of the entire autonomous community of the Balearic islands. The population of the city is about 400,000, or 60% of the total island population. Nearly one quarter of Palma inhabitants are foreign nationals, half of which are from other EU countries. The Sunday Times named Palma the “World's Best City to Live” in 2015. Major landmarks include the 14th century gothic cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de Palma de Mallorca), the 13th century Royal Palace of La Almudaina, Bellver Castle and over 40 art galleries and museums. The opera and concert season opens in winter.
Palma is the island's most popular city with property buyers looking for full-time residence. The city has lots to do all year round and good necessary infrastructure. Palma and its suburbs have prestigious international schools with teaching in English, German and French. In 2013 the capital's port was recognised the largest in the Mediterranean and the city’s airport receives flights from all major EU destinations. There are seven yacht clubs in the capital and the most luxurious vessels from all over the world are moored at Club de Mar marina. Palma also hosts yacht races and other competitions several times a year including the King's Sailing Cup in summer and one stage of the Sailing World Cup.
The most popular city districts for buying property are the old quarter (Casco Antiguo) Calatrava, Santa Catalina and La Lonja. El Terreno is the most popular with the Swedish citizens who even have their own school and church there. Modern flats in renovated buildings vary from €3,000 to €6,000/sq m while property near the sea is about 30% more expensive. Villas with sea views can cost up to
El Portixol and El Molinar are Palma's sea districts within walking distance from the centre. These areas have enough land and many new properties are being built including
Can Pastilla and Playa de Palma
Can Pastilla is a large, green city with a lot of parks and perfect for holidays: local beaches are wide and sandy and the sea is shallow and clear. In summer it's bustling with tourists who enjoy its many shopping centres, bars and clubs. Bike, car and motorbike rentals are everywhere. Each beach has its diving centres and surf schools. In recent years property prices in Can Pastilla have risen but they still remain low in comparison to El Portixol and El Molinar, for example. The price range for houses in Can Pastilla starts from €300,000.
The Playa de Palma resort zone in the southeast is one of the most crowded areas on the island with many hotels and apartment complexes. There is a pedestrian promenade with lots of bars and nightclubs. However, this resort is not as noisy as Magaluf and attracts many families with children.
— Families with children: Cala Mayor, Palma Nova, Santa Ponsa, Playa de Palma, Paguera, Can Pastilla
— Permanent residence: Palma de Mallorca
— Yacht owners: Puerto de Andratx, Palma
— Young people: Magaluf
— Prime property: Son Vida, Bendinat, Andratx